Ker­rin McEvoy booked for Bon­neva

Cambridge Edition - - YOUR HEALTH - TIM RYAN

Top Aus­tralian jockey Ker­rin McEvoy has en­joyed pre­vi­ous suc­cess with Cam­bridge train­ers Mur­ray Baker and An­drew Fors­man in ma­jor Aus­tralian races

McEvoy scored his 50th Group I win on the Baker and Fors­man­trained Turn Me Loose in the 2015 Emi­rates Stakes and he will look to add another aboard Bon­neval in the A$3 mil­lion Caulfield Cup.

Bon­neval was dom­i­nant when step­ping up to 1800m at Caulfield on Sun­day, leav­ing McEvoy’s mount Hart­nell and other top class op­po­si­tion in her wake giv­ing Baker his 21st Aus­tralian Group I win.

Aus­tralian Oaks-win­ning rider Hugh Bow­man was back in the saddle for the weight-for-age Un­der­wood Stakes (1800m) but he is un­able to make Bon­neval’s 52.5kg Cup weight.

‘‘Hugh was wish­ing he was a bit lighter,’’ Baker said. ‘‘But Ker­rin is a top nat­u­ral light­weight rider and he’s done well for us be­fore.

‘‘Damian Lane will ride the mare in the Caulfield Stakes,which is run the same day as The Ever­est in Syd­ney.’’

‘‘She’s still got her win­ter coat so there’s more im­prove­ment in her and they’ve all come through their week­end runs very well.’’

Stephen Baster will con­tinue his as­so­ci­a­tion with Jon Snow.

‘‘We could have run Jon Snow in the hand­i­cap on Caulfield Stakes day, but he’s al­ready got 54.5kg in the Cup and we don’t want to risk a re­hand­i­cap,’’ Baker said.

The sta­ble is un­de­cided on plans for Lizzie L’Amour, who closed late for fifth in the Stock Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Val­ley on Fri­day night.

In her pre­vi­ous start she had tailed off with an atrial fib­ril­la­tion.

‘‘It could have been a per­fect week­end if she’d had any luck,’’ Fors­man said. ‘‘She’s 29th in or­der for the Caulfield Cup, but the way they drop out she might sneak into the field.

‘‘There are two op­tions for her next run, ei­ther in the Caulfield Stakes where she would clash with Bon­neval and Jon Snow, but the more likely op­tion is the day af­ter in the Cran­bourne Cup.’’

On the home front the sta­ble will have two run­ners in Satur­day’s Group I Li­va­mol Clas­sic (2040m) at Hast­ings where Saint Emil­ion and Mime line up.

Mata­mata train­ers Lance O’Sul­li­van and An­drew Scott will press on to the Group I Caulfield Guineas (1600m) with Sum­mer Pas­sage.

His sec­ond in the Guineas Pre­lude at Caulfield on Sun­day was enough to con­vince con­nec­tions to go ahead with plans to run in the A$2 mil­lion 3-year-old fea­ture on Satur­day week. Af­ter set­ting the pace in the 1400m race he went down by a length to Perast.


Ker­rin McEvoy rode Turn Me Loose for the Baker and Fors­man sta­ble to win his 50th Group I in the 2015 Emi­rates Stakes and will try for another when he rides Bon­neval in the Caulfield Cup.

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